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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

This page lists all BHPA incident reports (informal investigations) available on this website. You can view all incident reports, or filter reports by Hang Gliding, Powered Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Paramotoring or Parascending. The incident report database can also be searched.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
3 Mar 2017 Male 45 Pilot Apia
Colombia
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz 4

Pilot flew into a strong thermal and stalled glider in attempting to catch the dive. Glider then spun and pilot deployed his emergency parachute. Pilot landed in trees.

Unhurt
24 Feb 2017 Male 69 CP Devils dyke
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Phantom

Pilot was attempting to top land in busy conditions when another pilot took off in front of him. Pilot ended up doing a 360 into the hill.

Unhurt
24 Feb 2017 Male 53 CP El Bosque
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
ION 2 light

Pilot came in low to bottom landing resulting in aggressive final turn into wind. Pilot sprained ankle.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

18 Feb 2017 Male 64 Pilot Warren
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Chili 3

Pilot was caught out by low cloud while coastal soaring. Pilot drifted back in zero visibility and found himself over a road with only 15m clearance. Pilot landed safely on the verge.

Unhurt
18 Feb 2017 Male 51 Pilot The Warren
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider
Advance
Epsilon 8

Pilot was coastal soaring with four other pilots when they were caught out by coastal fog. The pilot attempted to fly along the cliff tops to avoid a collision, but without visibility, became disoriented. Pilot came out of fog low over a main road but was able to land safely.

Unhurt
18 Feb 2017 Male 29 Warren
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider
Foot
Air Design
Pure 2

Pilot took of for coastal flight but was caught out by sea fog. Pilot lost visibility and drifted over the back but was able to land safely.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
18 Feb 2017 Male 26 CP Milk Hill White Horse
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo

Pilot attempted a 360 degree turn in front of the hill but was too close. Pilot hit hillside.

Unhurt
18 Feb 2017 Male 56 Pilot Mount Caburn
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Iota

Pilot had to take collision avoidance action while ridge soaring with the ridge to his right. Pilot was forced to turn right and top land downwind to avoid colliding with the other pilot.

Unhurt
7 Feb 2017 Male 42 Pilot Los Tanques
Colombia
0-5 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skyman
Cross Country

Pilot got low between two sets of power lines and opted to slope land. Pilot hit sink then suffered an asymmetric collapse landing heavily.

Seriously Injured
31 Jan 2017 Male 46 AP Porterville
South Africa
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Very Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Zeno

Pilot suffered a frontal collapse with recovered with a 40-50% cravat. The pilot attempted to pump out the cravat but entered a spiral dive. Pilot deployed his emergency parachute but landed on a rock.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 15 December 2018 at 05:45:08 AM

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